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Steven L. Barnett, M.D.

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Administrative: (585) 506-9484

Fax: (585) 473-2245

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Family Medicine


Professional Background

Steve Barnett, MD, was born in Brooklyn, grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Philadelphia, attended medical school in New Jersey and did his residency in Wisconsin. He came to Rochester for the family systems medicine fellowship and stayed in the area doing research, locum tenens family medicine and rural emergency department work. He joined the UR Department of Family Medicine faculty in 2002 in the research division. Dr. Barnett's primary academic focus is health and healthcare research with populations of Deaf American Sign Language (ASL) users and people with hearing loss, their families and communities. Dr. Barnett is the Director of the CDC-funded Rochester Prevention Research Center: National Center for Deaf Health Research, and is the Program Director at UR for the NIH-funded Rochester Bridges to the Doctorate program. He was also medical director (2002-2015) of the award-winning Strong Connections, the University of Rochester Medical Center's pioneering Telehealth Sign Language Interpreter Services Program.



  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


MD | New Jersey Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1996
Fellowship in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital of Rochester

07/01/1991 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center

07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991
Internship in Family Medicine at St Marys Hospital Medical Center

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11th Annual Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award
Sponsor: URMC Center for Communty Health & Prevention
Location: Rochester, NY

Community Advocate Award 2015
Sponsor: Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS
Location: Rochester, NY

Selected for 2014 "Best of AHA Specialty Conferences"
Sponsor: American Heart Association
Location: Chicago

Award for Excellence in Research Addressing Cardiovascular Health Equity
Sponsor: American Heart Association (AHA)
Location: AHA EPI/NPAM Conference, San Francisco, CA

Outstanding Poster Award: Overall Impact
Sponsor: CDC Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Meeting
Location: St Louis, MO

Excellence Award (for Mentoring and Support of Medical Students)
Sponsor: Department of Family Medicine
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Winner | Poster Contest Commemorating the National Health Interview Survey's 50th anniversary
Sponsor: CDC National Center for Health Statistics
Location: Hyattsville, MD

Frank W. Lovejoy M.D. Preceptorship in Family Medicine
Sponsor: Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, NY

Family Medicine Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: Family Medicine Residency, Department of Family Medicine
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Best Seminar, STFM Northeast Region Meeting
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Journal Articles

Lynn, MA; Butcher, E; Cuculick, JA; Barnett, S; Martina, CA; Smith, SR; Pollard, RQ; Simpson-Haidaris, PJ. "A Review of Mentoring Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scholars" . Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. 2020; .

Barnett SL, James TG, Fox ML. "Suicidal Behaviors and Help-Seeking Attitudes Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing College Students." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2019 Nov 12; Epub 2019 Nov 12.

Wallerstein N, Muhammad M, Sanchez-Youngman S, Rodriguez Espinosa, Avila M, Baker EA, Barnett S, Belone L, Golub M, Lucero J, Mahdi I, Noyes E, Nguyen T, Roubideaux Y, Sigo R, Duran B. "Power Dynamics in Community-Based Participatory Research: A Multiple-Case Study Analysis of Partnering Contexts, Histories, and Practices." Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education.. 2019 Oct 0; 46(1_suppl):19S-32S.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: National Center for Deaf Health Research: CBPR with Deaf Communities
Book Title: Community-based participatory research for health: Advancing social and health equity
Author List: Barnett S, Cuculick J, DeWindt LA, Matthews KA, Sutter EJ
Edited By: Wallerstein N, Duran B, Oetzel J, Minkler M (eds)
Published By: Jossey-Bass 2018 in San Francisco

Chapter Title: Care of the deaf child.
Book Title: Pediatrics
Author List: Barnett S; Katcher L; Katcher M.
Edited By: L Osborn; TG DeWitt; LR First; J Zenel
Published By: Elsevier-Mosby 2005 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: John: Lessons in caring
Book Title: Tales from Family Therapy: Life-changing Clinical Experiences
Author List: Speice J; Barnett S
Edited By: F Thomas and TS Nelson
Published By: Haworth Press 1998 in New York